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Women’s Small Business Mentoring Program in Southern Iraq

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted December 7, 2016 from Brazil
Expired on January 15, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq invites eligible organizations to submit proposals to assist in the development and implementation of a business mentoring program in southern Iraq geared primarily toward female single heads of household who wish to start their own businesses or enter the job market.

U.S. Consulate General Basrah seeks to engage southern Iraqi women who are in positions of increased financial responsibility due to the loss of a family member to armed conflict, violent extremism, and/or sectarian violence. The goal is to enable Iraqi women to meet their essential economic needs and those of their families.

Grant objectives are to connect Iraqi women with mentors—preferably female—in the business community, who can teach skills and model strategies that will increase their participation in the local economy, including basic computer skills, resume building, and the use of social media and other online platforms. English training is a desirable, but not required component of the training. Training that facilitates direct contact between the Iraqi diaspora and local women is also desirable.

Participants will receive training and access resources as part of a local network of mentors that can provide them real-time tailored feedback and offer ongoing support, advice, and resources to overcome the challenges businesswomen face in the context of southern Iraqi society.

The program should also incorporate virtual mentoring sessions with American entrepreneurs – particularly women, and those fluent in Arabic – who can speak to their experiences, offer best practices, and promote linkages between Iraqi and American businesspeople.

Proposals should be scalable (both in terms of timeline and participant number) in the event that additional funding is available.

Project Phases

  1. Recruitment & Capacity Building Session
  2. Establishing Mentoring/Professionalism Coaching
  3. Follow Up Activities
  4. Final Phase and
  5. End of Grant Publicity

Eligibility Criteria - Applicants must

  1. Be a U.S. non-profit organization meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c) (3); an internationally based non-profit organization; an academic institution; or other institution for which profit is not a primary motive;
  2. Have demonstrated experience developing and administering similar programs;
  3. Have the capacity to operate in Iraq, or have or develop active partnerships with organization(s) operating in Iraq.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can send their applications at the address given on the website.

Closing Date for Applications: January 15, 2017.

Eligible Countries: Iraq and United States.

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